The type of legal statement that will accompany environmental materials declaration standards has become a concern among those who seek a standard format for communicating RoHS compliance and the material content of their electronic parts. According to IPC – the Association Connecting Electronic Industries – a significant portion of industry discussions on the emerging standards focus on the legal statement that will accompany IPC-1751 (Generic Requirements for Declaration Process Management) and IPC-1752 (Materials Declaration Management).
Some of the members of the committee working on the standards believe the signature certifying the document should only attest to the form having been completed accurately, while the details of compliance should remain between the parts supplier and its customers. Others want the form to have strong legal “teeth” that certifies the material content of the part is RoHS compliant. The committee has decided to include both a statement of accuracy and a legal statement of compliance and let the users choose their preferred option.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.